Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 3,688,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 O ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1855 O ARROWS 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue was coined in large numbers, and examples are plentiful across all grades though MS 64. The dies were run heavily, and repeated polishing to extend their utility diminished many of the shallower details of the design (e.g. no drapery at Liberty's left elbow).

The Philadelphia Mint's engraving department shipped 16 die pairs to New Orleans for this production. Of course, the undated reverses of earlier years may have remained usable and may be counted in the 19 die marriages confirmed. The only variety of note features a mintmark that first was punched horizontally and then corrected. That die was paired with two different obverses, but the value lies solely in the reverse oddity.

Like 1854-O, three collars have been observed with 141, 143 or 148 reeds, respectively. This is of interest only to dedicated specialists, but it does remind collectors that coins have three sides, not two.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1855 O ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 70.00 85.00 115 200 280 300 440 525 585 815 1300 1560 3050 8600 19500 55000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 592
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1855 O ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base589751356436458299122313637195----592
---------------1------1
---------------4------4
---------------1------1
Total589751356436458299122313643195----598
 1 %1 %2 %1 %9 %6 %11 %6 %8 %14 %17 %0 %4 %5 %6 %7 %3 %1 %---- 
1855 O ARROWS 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------------
--------------1-------1
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Total--------------1-------1
 --------------100 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1244 $5,462.50
7/10/2006 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 2230, 2230/Lot# 1564 $41.00
1/7/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 2866 $2,990.00
1/22/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131205/Lot# 27330 $276.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24691 $212.68
12/23/2012 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 731, 740/Lot# 135 $230.00
1/27/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/27/2013, 59/Lot# 95313 $264.00
12/5/2018 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131850/Lot# 23188 $132.00
5/29/2019 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131923/Lot# 21333 $168.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 O 50C MS ARROWS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1631792233043516096749741051113812711477162920642501323850497597118851879500
16819425032043763177410001080118213401528177422102747384258989026141881879500
00000077410001080118213401528177422102747384258989026141881879500
000000874102511091227140815781919235529924445674810456164921879500
1855 O 50C MS ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14716320927833057563190899010661213139315421989238531384888735111531182652919247029
15217823229541259472393510151115127314431691212126363721570987441377621907351380
0000007239351015111512731443169121212636372157098744137762190700
00000081696310411164133314921840225328874305653010138160202555000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7351
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3721
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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